Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab start their IPL 2020 campaign with a match at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Both teams are part of the three franchises yet to win the IPL title and would like to start well.
Interestingly, the Kings XI tend to start well with four wins in their first five matches in 2018 and three of the first five in 2019. The Capitals, on the other hand, have won only one of the first five in 2018 and two in 2019.
Delhi Capitals Preview
The Capitals have forged a new identity in the last two seasons and will look to continue the same. The presence of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and captain Shreyas Iyer gives them a solid outlook. Watch out for their prices and the value to your side.
Ravichandran Ashwin will hope to hit the ground running for his new club – ironically, against his old club. Watch out for the wily off-spinner. Kagiso Rabada missed out on being the highest wicket-taker last season by a single wicket and could be a useful pick here.
Kings XI Punjab Preview
KL rahul and Mayank Agarwal form a strong opening pair for the Kings XI. With his ‘keeping gloves on, Rahul can be a great pick. Glenn Maxwell is in cracking form after his ODIs in England and should be a fantasy choice.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman loves bowling frugal overs and can pick up quick wickets at the top. Mohammed Shami is another interesting choice, while the selections of Chris Jordan or Sheldon Cottrell can wait until the toss.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Glenn Maxwell is coming off a scintillating 100 against England in the final ODI and could be a good choice.
Nicholas Pooran is in good form recently and will hope to continue where he left in the previous IPL.
Rishabh Pant is vital for the Capitals with his batting and ‘keeping. Get ready to enjoy all-round benefits of his selection.
Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Shimron Hetmyer 4 Shreyas Iyer (C) 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Keemo Paul 7 Axar Patel 8 R Ashwin 9 Kagiso Rabada 10 Snadeep Lamichhane 11 Ishant Sharma
Kings XI Punjab: 1 KL Rahul (C&WK) 2 Mayank Agarwal 3 Nicholas Pooran 4 Glenn Maxwell 5 Sarfaraz Khan 6 Deepak Hooda 7 K Gowtham 8 Chris Jordan 9 Ravi Bishnoi 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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